Review: Dangerous in a Kilt by Anna Durand

32307947-1Dangerous in a Kilt
Series: Hot Scots, #1
Author: Anna Durand
Publication Date: December 16, 2016
Publisher: Jacobsville Books
Genre: Erotic Romance, Contemporary Romance
Note: I received this book from the author in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆


Feisty American. Hot Scot. Passion Ignites.
Good-girl Erica Teague is out on bail, charged with a crime her ex-lover committed. Her desperate bid to experience one wild night of sizzling sex, before her trial and certain conviction, lands her in the arms of Lachlan MacTaggart, a hot Scot with a secret past. She can’t resist his offer to enjoy one month of sex and companionship with no strings. But when their hot fling gets personal, can their passion free their imprisoned hearts?
Dangerous in a Kilt is an award-winning romance and the first book in the Hot Scots series. Upcoming books will feature Lachlan’s equally hot brothers.

Dangerous in a Kilt is the first book in erotic romance writer Anna Durand’s new series Hot Scots. In Dangerous in a Kilt, Erica Teague is reeling with the knowledge she’s going to jail for something her seedy ex did. Erica is looking to escape her thoughts for the night by looking for a casual hook up. It couldn’t work out more perfectly when she ends up in hot Scot Lachlan MacTaggart’s arms. What was meant to be a one night stand quickly turns into an agreement of one month of delightfully naughty sex without any emotional entanglement. Keeping their personal lives separate from their affair becomes harder the more time they spend together.

This book was such a fun and dramatic read! The fun was in all of the witty banter and super sultry scenes. I loved all the Scottish words Lachlan mixed into his sentences and could imagine his sexy accent in my mind. I didn’t blame Erica for lusting after his hot body and smooth words. He was almost too hot to handle!

The drama came with all of the secrets Erica and Lachlan were keeping from each other while attempting to keep things casual. The way they navigated around their secrets was so much fun to read. I already knew Erica’s, but I enjoyed guessing as to what was going on in Lachlan’s life. Plus, keeping things casual created a fun drama all of its own.

The only thing I would have liked to have seen added to the story was Lachlan’s point of view. I loved knowing what was going on in Erica’s head and I think knowing what Lachlan was thinking and his secrets might have added even more fun.

Dangerous in a Kilt was an entertaining erotic romance. I really enjoyed reading it. I would recommend it to readers who enjoy erotic romances with a side of humor and a touch of mystery.

Review: Keepsake by Sarina Bowen

Series: True North, #3
Author: Sarina Bowen
Publication Date: October 25, 2016
Publisher: Rennie Roads Books
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Note: I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an unbiased review. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


There’s a first time for everything.
Lark Wainright used to be fearless. Her life was a series of adventures, each one more exhilarating than the last. But her recent overseas adventure was one too many. Now she’s home and in one piece. Mostly. But her nights are filled with terror.

When her best friend offers her a stay at the orchard in exchange for help at the farmers’ markets, Lark jumps at the chance to spend fall in Vermont. But her nightmares don’t stop. Desperate to keep her fragile state a secret, she relies on the most soft-spoken resident of the Shipley Farm to soothe her when her dreams prove too much.

Zachariah is a survivor, too. It’s been four years since he was tossed aside by the polygamist cult where he grew up. He’s found a peaceful existence on the Shipley’s farm, picking apples and fixing machinery. But getting thrown away by your own people at nineteen leaves a mark on a guy. He doesn’t always know what to make of a world where movie quotes are the primary means of communication. Before hitchhiking to Vermont, he’d never watched TV or spoken on the phone.

Actually, there are a lot of things he’s never done.

Zach and Lark slowly grow to trust one another. One night they become even closer than they’d planned. But Lark may still be too broken to trust anyone. When she pushes Zach away, he will have to prove to himself that he’s good for much more than farm labor.

This review is **SPOILER FREE**.

I need to say one thing before I start my review of Keepsake:

2016 is Sarina Bowen’s year!

I’ve always loved her books, but this year’s releases have all quickly become some of my favorite romance novels ever. Keepsake is definitely one of those books.

Keepsake is the third book in the True North series. You don’t have to read the books in order to enjoy the story, but it does help for character history. For readers of the series, I would classify Keepsake as a combination of Bittersweet and Steadfast. It takes readers back to the fun of Bittersweet‘s Shipley Farm where they get to reconnect with all of their favorite characters, but it also carries an emotional punch and touches on deeper aspects of life like Steadfast.

In Keepsake, farm hand Zach’s contentedly quiet life is forever changed when former wild child Lark comes to stay at Shipley Farm. Zach knows Lark is trying to recover from a horrible experience and that he should give her space to heal, but his intense attraction to her makes that impossible.

Lark may be beautiful and outgoing on the outside, but her insides are wracked with turmoil and guilt. The only comfort she’s been able to find since returning home has been on the Shipley Farm, in Zach’s arms. He, too, understands what it’s like to try to find peace. But Zach’s comfort may not be enough to save Lark or their relationship from the memories that haunt her.

Keepsake was mesmerizing. The amazing characters, gorgeous Vermont setting, and emotional plot made it impossible to put down. It was such a beautiful story. The minute I finished reading it, I wanted to pick it up and start all over again. I loved it that much!

I couldn’t get enough of Zach. I loved reading his point of view. His calming demeanor and quiet ways were so appealing. I adored the care, concern and sweetness he showed Lark. He was probably the kindest and most respectable book boyfriend I’ve ever read. Plus, he was so sexy! I wasn’t expecting that based on his past, but I guess I should have been!

Lark was pretty amazing, too. She was one of those characters who inspires me to live life to the fullest. She had an abundance of emotional baggage she was dealing with in Keepsake, but the strength that kept her going was very admirable. Her journey to mental wellness was one I imagine many people will identify with.

Keepsake was one of those romances that was more than just a romance. It was an inspirational story filled with love, hope and forgiveness. I would highly recommend reading it and the rest of the True North series. I know it will be a while until the next book in the series is released, but I can’t wait to find out what’s next for my favorite Vermonters.

WWW Wednesday: October 19, 2016

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at Should be Reading but is now hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

The Three W’s are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

So here we go…

Currently reading:


My daughter and I have been making steady progress through Return to the Isle of the Lost. I’m hoping we can finish it by the end of the month.

I’m also reading an ARC of Stroked Hard (Stroked, #3). 

Recently finished:



This past week was filled completely with romance novels. They were all contemporary but spanned YA, NA, Adult and Erotica. I read:

Under the Lights (The Field Party, #2)
Aced (Blocked, #2)
Keepsake (True North, #3)
Dangerous in a Kilt (Hot Scots, #1)

Click on the book titles to read the reviews that I have already posted.

Reading Next:


Next up is Furious Rush. I won it on Goodreads and I’m hoping I’ll like it. The only book I’ve attempted to read by S.C. Stephens was Thoughtful (Thouhtless, #1.5) and I DNF’d it. Thankfully, my reason wasn’t the writing, so I have high hopes for this one!

Blog Tour Review: To Love and to Cherish by Lauren Layne

To Love and to Cherish

The Wedding Belles, #3
Lauren Layne
Pocket Books
October 18, 2016

About To Love and to Cherish:

In To Love and to Cherish, USA Today bestselling author Lauren Layne’s third steamy novel in her delightful, hotter-than-Hades new series, the Wedding Belles’ head honcho Alexis Morgan decides she’s ready to let loose. But when a certain sexy accountant volunteers himself for the job, will she risk everything she’s built in the name of lust…or possibly even love?

Alexis has spent the past eight years devoted to turning her tiny start-up into Manhattan’s premier wedding planning company. Now that her business is thriving, it’s time to turn to her much neglected personal life. Alexis approaches her relationships like she does everything else: with a plan. Definitely not part of that plan is Logan Harris, the silent partner in the Wedding Belles and the one person who’s been there for her since the very beginning. Alexis needs someone fun, and Logan is all business, all the time. But when a late night at the office ends with an unexpected kiss, Alexis begins to suspect there’s a hot-blooded man beneath the pinstripes and glasses.

Logan has wanted Alexis since the day they met, but the ambitious wedding planner has always been untouchable. Now Alexis has made it clear that she’s on the dating market—and equally obvious that he’s not in the running. But when Alexis finds herself in need of a date for her sister’s last-minute wedding in Florida, Logan knows it’s the perfect opportunity to show Alexis that there’s more to him than numbers and spreadsheets. As Florida’s sultry days turn into even hotter nights, Logan sets out to convince Alexis that the fling of a lifetime could just maybe turn into forever…


Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

If you follow my reviews, you probably already know I’m a big fan of Lauren Layne and her The Wedding Belles series. I’ve truly enjoyed every book in the series so far and have been eagerly anticipating Alexis and Logan’s story. The entire series has been a wonderfully fun build up to their romance. It was definitely worth the wait!

In To Love and to Cherish, Wedding Belles owner Alexis realizes that she might just be missing something in her life. She’s running her dream company and has an amazing group of co-workers/friends, but there’s no one to come home to every night. Alexis being Alexis comes up with a plan to meet the man of her dreams. What Alexis doesn’t realize is that the man of her dreams might just be her best friend and business partner.

Logan’s stood quietly on the sidelines while Alexis grew their business. He’s been her friend and sounding board, but has always wanted more. Now that she’s ready to dive back into the dating world, Logan needs to prove to Alexis that he’s her perfect match.

To Love and to Cherish was a very sweet friends to lovers story. Lauren Layne’s writing was as amazing as always. The slow burn romance moved smoothly and I didn’t want to put it down for anything! I flew through To Love and to Cherish in one evening. (Then, I was sad it was over!)

Alexis was such a surprise. From all the glimpses I got of her in the first few books, I expected her to be a strong, independent woman without any insecurities. She was completely in control in the professional world, but her real-life was a mess. There was a vulnerability to her that I wasn’t expecting, and I really liked it. It was fun to see her come undone and the way Logan built her back up.

Logan! Dang! He was the ultimate book boyfriend. This slightly nerdy accountant had an aggressive side I wasn’t expecting. His determination to woo Alexis and prove that he was the best man for the job was utterly attractive. There was also a blatant sexuality to him I didn’t see coming. I definitely swooned.

As sad as I am that The Wedding Belles series has come to an end, I’m so happy with the way Lauren Layne concluded it. Alexis and Logan’s romance was everything I hoped it to be and more. Fans of the series will fall in love with these two all over again in To Love and to Cherish. 

Note: I received an ARC from Pocket Books in exchange for an unbiased review.



 “I highly recommend For Better or Worse. The second in a series, it can be read as a standalone, but I say start with the first because it’s just as good. They’ve got the funny bickering that I love, and even as her stories have a light touch with cute flirty, they delve deep into the characters.”

—Harlequin Junkie TOP PICK Review (For Better or Worse)

 “If you have yet to fall head over heels for one of Lauren Layne’s books, what are you waiting for? She has written some of the most charming and engrossing romance novels of the decade, each of which will leave you with that warm gooey feeling you usually only get after a fresh out of the oven chocolate chip cookie. For Better or Worse is an absolute delight. From the moment the story begins, Josh and Heather have that chemistry that you can always count on from a Lauren Layne book. They bicker, they taunt, and they flirt, each interaction pulling them closer and closer together until their lives are permanently altered by the other, and they aren’t even aware of it yet…Josh and Heather are a beautiful addition to the list of fictional couples that have found happily ever after in Lauren Layne’s books, and we can’t wait to see what she has in store for Alexis Morgan in To Love and to Cherish.”

—Hypable (For Better or Worse)

“This was a fun enjoyable sexy story that I refused to put down…  If you enjoy romance, fun sexy couple, friendship, family, and laugh out loud moments, then you need to be reading this series.”

—The Reading Cafe (For Better or Worse)

“This engaging tale has a light, fun style…”

Publishers Weekly (To Have and to Hold)

 A character-driven and sizzling romance!

—Fresh Fiction (To Have and to Hold)

“There are family and friends, coworkers, people that aren’t as they seem, wedding information galore, dinners, drinks, chocolate, fear, anger, hurt, sadness, secrets, lies, deceit, tears, laughter, happiness, romance, loving and love…I look forward to reading the next two books, For Better or Worse and To Love and to Cherish

—Romance Junkies (To Have and to Hold)

“Sexually charged and emotionally intense novella…The heat between [Leah & Jason] is enough to melt steel, and the emotional connection and psychological struggles will keep readers engaged.”

Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW  (From This Day Forward)


Lauren Layne is the USA Today bestselling author of the Sex, Love, and Stiletto contemporary romances and the all-new Pocket Books series The Wedding Belles. She lives in New York with her husband and spoiled Pomeranian. Visit, meet the author on Facebook at LaurenLayneAuthor, or follow her on Twitter @_LaurenLayne.

Lauren Layne interviews with THE LIBRARIAN:


Most of the below blogs are hosting a Wedding Belles Bouquet Giveaway to celebrate the publication of the third in the series, To Love and to Cherish. The Wedding Belles Bouquet will include To Have and to Hold, For Better or Worse, and To Love and to Cherish. You can visit all sites on the Bouquet Giveaway Tour to enter to win–but keep in mind you can only win once! U.S. only.


Upcoming Blog Tour Schedule here

Cover Reveal: Hold My Breath by Ginger Scott

Is it hot in here???
Check out the cover of HOLD MY BREATH by Ginger Scott!

NA Contemporary Romance-Stand Alone
Scheduled to release: November 18, 2016
More links to come!

Fractions of seconds can do lots of damage. One decision can ruin lives. A blink can be tragic. And loving a Hollister…can hurt like hell.

I would know.

They say the average person can hold their breath under water for two full minutes when pushed to the extremes. Will Hollister has been holding his for years. The oldest of two elite swimming brothers, Will was always a dominant force in the water. But in life, he preferred to let his younger brother Evan be the one to shine.

Evan got the girl, and Will…he got to bury all of the secrets. A brother’s burden, the weight of it all nearly left him to drown.

The daughter of two Olympians, my path was set the day my fingertips first touched water. My future was as crystal clear as the lane I dominated in the pool—swim hard, win big, love a Hollister.

My life with Evan burned bright. He gave me arms to come home to, and a smile that fooled the world into believing everything was perfect. But it was Will who pushed me. Will…who really knew me.

And when all of the pieces fell, it was Will who started to pick them up.

In the end, the only thing that matters are those few precious seconds—and what we decide to do while we still have them in our grasp.


The song breaks for a guitar solo, and I count the seconds, knowing that she’s going to slip away the moment everyone in here begins to clap. I won’t ask her to dance again. I won’t torture myself or push my luck. But I’ll remember this. As bad of an idea as it is, I’m glad I did it. So many painful memories woven into this place, I needed this one good one. It might just be the best memory I have out of everything in my life. I feel her shift in my arms, and when I pull away slightly, Maddy’s chin pushes into the center of my chest, her eyes blinking slowly while she looks up at me. Two shots and a beer are about to talk to me right now. I smile softly and nod.

“That was a much better dance,” she says.
I chuckle, tilting my head back to laugh before bringing it forward slowly, resting my brow against hers. My eyes look down at the curve of her lips, lower at the line of her jaw, and even lower at the swell of her breast under the soft black cotton of her dress. A heavy breath escapes
“I make you nervous?” she asks.
I don’t answer right away, instead closing my eyes and swallowing again. I don’t even care if she can feel it. I drag my hands up her body to her neck until I’m cradling her head in my palms, my fingertips flirting with her hair along her neck and my thumbs caressing her jawline.
“That’s what you said…before. You said you didn’t dance well because I make you nervous,” she says, her words coming out slow and sleepy.
My mouth smiles against the top of her head, and I give in, opening it enough to press a kiss against her, hoping only the strangers are our witness.
“Yes, Maddy. That’s right,” I say. “You make me incredibly nervous.”
About the Author:

Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling and Goodreads Choice Award-nominated author of several young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, The Girl I Was Before, Wild Reckless, Wicked Restless, In Your Dreams and The Hard Count.

A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at

When she’s not writing, the odds are high that she’s somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork ’em, Devils).

Social Media Links:

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Twitter: @TheGingerScott

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Characters I’d Name A Dog After

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Ten Characters I’d Name A Child/Dog/Cat/Car/Etc. After. I had to limit this to who I’d name my dog after because I’m not having anymore children and I don’t name non-living things.

1. Lo
Addicted to You by Krista & Becca Ritchie

2. Tucker
The Goal by Elle Kennedy

3. Frank Sanger
This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

4. Gus
Bright Side by Kim Holden

5. Ronan
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

6. Frankie
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landou-Banks

7. Daisy
Hothouse Flower by Krista & Becca Ritchie

8. Tate
Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

9. Ford
Three Little Words by Susan Mallery

10. Graham (Cracker)
The Deal by Elle Kennedy

Teaser: Stroked Hard by Meghan Quinn

STROKED HARD will be here soon! Check out this teaser and don’t forget to add STROKED HARD to your TBR!


Scheduled to release: November 1, 2016
Sports Romance
Cover Designed by: Indie Solutions by Murphy Rae
He’s hot. Like, stop breathing kind of hot with his killer body, vivid blue eyes, and constant five o’clock shadow.
Did I mention his body?
Watching Hollis Knightly, Olympic diving gold medalist, man-pony specialist—and cocky bastard—stand up on the diving platform in nothing but a small piece of Spandex? Yeah, I’m beguiled.
And easily seduced.
I want to keep things light but he won’t leave me alone. And hell, if he’s not wearing me thin.
What is supposed to be a simple summer fling with a very hot man, has now morphed into a f*cked-up mess of feelings, attachment, and dare I say it…love. But I don’t do relationships. And Hollis Knightly does.

STROKED by Meghan Quinn
Released: July 19, 2016
Cover Designer: Murphy Rae


Reese King: Olympic medalist, underwear model, Greek god.

His body is chiseled from rock, sculpted by the weight room, and refined by water.

On a daily basis his skin is completely bare for everyone to see, tan and defined, only covered up by a minuscule piece of spandex. There is no denying his sex appeal.

I hate to admit it, but I’m head over heels infatuated with him.

There is one HUGE problem though. His achingly gorgeous abs, inked up arm, and cocky swagger belong to my boss, the high-profile, reality star bitch from hell and certified heinous human being, Bellini Chambers.

What I think is going to be an easy job assisting a glorified wench turns into a cluster f*ck of epic proportions.

 STROKED LONG by Meghan Quinn
Scheduled to release: September 20, 2016
 Sports Romance
Cover Designed by: Indie Solutions by Murphy Rae
From his dirty-blond hair and breathtaking smile, to the abs from heaven and the irresistible V in his waistline, everything about Bodi Olympic-gold-medalist Banks screams hot piece of @$$.
Yet there’s more.
Dark shadows lurk behind his soulful, serious eyes.
I’m enamored. He’s captured me.
How can running an art foundation with Bodi Banks turns into a slow-burning, epic romance, even though he tries to push me away at every chance? How can I stay away from a broken, routine-driven man whose soul cries to be forgiven for a crime only he believes he committed? Or is that a lie?

**STROKED LONG can be read as a stand alone.

About the Author:

Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped.
Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking.
Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!
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Review: Aced By Jennifer Lane

Series: Blocked, #2
Author: Jennifer Lane
Publication Date: December 2, 2015
Publisher: Psyched Publishing
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance, Political Fiction
Note: I received this book from the author in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆


Volleyball wonder Lucia Ramirez found her love match in Blocked despite the glaring political spotlight aimed on her family. In Aced, the second book in Jennifer Lane’s Blocked series, it could be her brother Alejandro’s turn to get lucky in love.

Medical student Alejandro’s hot Latin looks get him plenty of attention, but his deep faith and admiration for his father keep him on a righteous path, with no time for something as frivolous as love. He strives to do the right thing—study diligently, take care of his siblings, represent the family well—so why does he feel so unfulfilled?

Enter Lucia’s friend and teammate Maddie Brooks, who shines at blocking the ball and acing the serve. Too bad this graduating senior isn’t so confident about her life off the court. Her longtime boyfriend has just bailed on her, and med school applications loom large. Oh, and a nerve-wracking tryout for Team USA also approaches.

Maddie meets Alejandro when he visits Lucia at school, and she’s soon drawn to his sharp mind. Alejandro is similarly intrigued by Maddie’s talent and strength. But will personal biases and family politics smother the slow burn of their attraction? Unless Maddie can learn to believe in herself, and Alejandro can become his own man, their kindling romance hardly stands a chance.

Will either of them be bold enough to try something new? Find out in this emotion-rich story that refuses to shy away from life’s hardest questions. Because love is worth the risk.

Almost a year ago I read and reviewed Jennifer Lane’s Blocked. It was different from any other sports romance I had read before. Blocked was a forbidden romance filled with not just sports, but politics and psychology. I enjoyed the way the author weaved all these different elements together, so when the opportunity arose to read Aced I was excited to see what was going to happen next in the Blocked world.

Aced begins right where Blocked left off. (For those of you who read Blocked, we get to find out who won the race!) This time, we get Lucia’s brother Alejandro’s story. He’s a med school student, a devout Catholic and a Republican. Alex had strong views on how he and others should live their lives and he isn’t afraid to share them. His views are challenged when he meets Lucia’s volleyball teammate Maddie, whose beliefs do mirror his.

Maddie may dominate on the court, but she’s also on the med school track. Lately, Maddie’s life has been drifting out of control. First, her boyfriend broke up with her. Then she begins to feel the pressure of getting good grades and making the national volleyball team. It’s more than she can handle. The only bright spot is Alejandro.

Maddie and Alejandro know there’s a spark between them, but they can’t deny how different they are. They’ll have to decide if their differences outweigh the possibilities of a beautiful relationship.

Aced continued Blocked‘s tradition in being a well written, complex romance novel. There were so many different aspects to this book. This slow-burn romance combined love, sports, psychology, religion, social issues, and politics all into one story. (Pretty amazing, right?) While I enjoyed everything it touched on, I do have to admit that I got overwhelmed with how many different things were going on at times. Everything was very relevant to today’s society, but I was more interested in Maddie and Alex’s developing relationship.

Maddie was an excellent female main character. She was physically strong, smart and a genuinely nice person. The only thing slowing her down was her emotional stability. It had been compromised by several events in her life and she was having a hard time dealing. I really appreciated the way Jennifer Lane used her psychology background to write about Maddie’s issues. She created a way to deliver important information and advice to her readers. There were so many great things for young women (and men) to learn from Maddie’s story.

Alex wasn’t my favorite character to start off with. His dedication to his parents’ beliefs was a little tough for me to swallow. As the story went on, I warmed up to him. I loved watching him question and challenge himself. I also loved his relationship with Maddie and the care he took of their relationship. Maddie and Alex’s relationship and the moments they spent together were my favorite parts of Aced.

Another great part of Aced was getting to see how Dane and Lucia’s relationship had evolved. It was really fun to catch up with them and the rest of the supporting characters. I loved what their influence brought to Maddie and Alex’s relationship as well.

Aced was a satisfying addition to the Blocked series. It was filled with sweet moments and thoughtful issues. I enjoyed reading. I’m really excited to see what’s next in for the Ramirez family in Spiked (Blocked, #3). I would highly recommend Aced to romance readers who enjoy stories that examine issues that affect today’s society.

Review: Under the Lights by Abbi Glines

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Series: The Field Party, #2
Author: Abbi Glines
Publication Date: August 23, 2016
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆


In the follow-up to Abbi Glines’s #1 New York Times bestseller Until Friday Night—which bestselling author Kami Garcia called “tender, honest, and achingly real”—three teens from a small southern town are stuck in a dramatic love triangle.

Willa can’t erase the bad decisions of her past that led her down the path she’s on now. But she can fight for forgiveness from her family. And she can protect herself by refusing to let anyone else get close to her.

High school quarterback and town golden boy Brady used to be the best of friends with Willa—she even had a crush on him when they were kids. But that’s all changed now: her life choices have made her a different person from the girl he used to know.

Gunner used to be friends with Willa and Brady, too. He too is larger than life and a high school football star—not to mention that his family basically owns the town of Lawton. He loves his life, and doesn’t care about anyone except himself. But Willa is the exception—and he understands the girl she’s become in a way no one else can.

As secrets come to light and hearts are broken, these former childhood friends must face the truth about growing up and falling in love…even if it means losing each other forever.

Abbi Glines’ The Field Party series is back! I’ve been wanting to read Under the Lights ever since I met Brady in Until Friday Night (my review). I loved his character and couldn’t wait to get to know him better.

When I read the synopsis for Under the Lights, I was a little confused. I didn’t expect a love triangle for Brady. I was worried about how this romance would go down. Love triangles aren’t usually my favorite thing to read. They’re normally angsty and uncomfortable. Luckily, that wasn’t the case with Under the Lights. I could easily pick out who Willa should be with. I never felt uncomfortable with where the story was going, even when the characters thoughts were uncomfortable. Kudos to Glines for that! She did an amazing job writing these characters and their feelings.

Brady was exactly who I expected him to be after meeting him in Until Friday Night. He was the sweet, dependable guy everyone feels comfortable around. Brady always tried to do what was in everyone’s best interests, even when it went against what he truly wanted. He was a stand up guy. I do have to admit that reading his point of view annoyed me at times, though. I wanted to yell at him and tell him to stop making life easier for everyone else and be true to himself.

Gunner surprised me. There was more to this blunt football player than I originally thought. (Isn’t that always the case?) Gunner was your typical teen with atypical problems. He may have been a little crass, but he was still a decent person — especially when it came to Willa.

Willa was my favorite of the three characters. She had more inner strength than she gave herself credit for. Life hadn’t always been kind to her and she learned some tough lessons, but she still soldiered on trying to be her best. I liked the way she handled both Brady and Gunner admitting their feelings to her.

To be completely honest, I would have enjoyed this story even more without the love triangle. The odd man out’s point of view felt like added material I could have done without. Not that I didn’t enjoy the story. I did. The Brady-Willa-Gunner dynamic made sense based on their friendship and I liked the way they dealt with it. I just would have preferred more focus on Willa and her beau.

Overall, Under the Lights was a really fun addition to The Field Party series. I’m really looking forward to After the Game, the next book in the series. I wish I didn’t have to wait until sometime in 2017 for it!

Review: The Rule Book by Jennifer Blackwood

29478744The Rule Book
Series: The Rule Breakers, #1
Author: Jennifer Blackwood
Publication Date: May 9, 2016
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆


Starr Media Second-Assistant Survival Guide
1. Don’t call your hot boss the antichrist to his face.
2. Don’t stare at hot boss’s, um, package or his full sleeve of tattoos. (No. Really. Stop!)
3. Don’t get on the malicious first assistant’s bad side.
4. Don’t forget to memorize the 300-page employee manual.
5. If you value your cashmere, steer clear of boss’s dog.
6. Boss’s dimples are lust-inducing. Do. Not. Give. In.
7. “The elevator ate your clothes” is not a valid excuse for showing up to important meetings half-dressed.
8. Don’t break seven of the rules within the first week of employment if you, ya know, are in dire need of money to support your sick mom.
9. Whatever you do, don’t fall for the boss. See rule eight about sick mom.
10. Never forget the rules

The Rule Book is one of those e-books I picked up because it was on sale for $0.99 and the blurb was so dang cute. It sounded like a fun take on the office romance trope, and it totally was!

In The Rule Book, Lainey is starting her social media career at Starr Media and learning the ropes of her new workplace. It’s a tough task when she has an awful co-worker and a boss who is dedicated to making sure his employees follow his rules. Lainey’s determined to play by the rules and keep her job, but it’s easier said than done when her boss is the sexiest man she’s ever met.

There were so many things to love about The Rule Book. It was one of those cute slow burn romances filled with witty writing and interesting characters. Normally I like my romances to have dual points of view, but I actually loved that The Rule Book was told from just Lainey’s perspective. She had such a hilarious inner dialog, and I loved the way she expressed herself to everyone — especially Brogan. The way she came undone around him made me smile so much! I adored the way their relationship unfolded. The whole story was just so cute!

Another thing I enjoyed about The Rule Book was the setting. Being a Western Washington native, I love when a book is set in Seattle. I could envision Lainey’s surroundings perfectly, and imagine her running around the city.

The only thing The Rule Book was missing for me was a strong sex scene. It’s not that I think all romances need to have them, but I felt like this one did. There was such a build up to Lainey and Brogan acting on their attraction that it was a let down to miss this major event in their romance.

I truly enjoyed reading The Rule Book. It’s cute, funny, and subtly sexy. I would recommend it to readers looking for the perfect gateway book between young adult and new adult contemporary romance.